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Insatia - Interview with Zoe Marie Federoff

BIO (Taken from Band's Facebook Page):

Insatia is an American/Canadian power metal band with female vocals. Founded in 2009 and fronted by Zoë Federoff, the band has released one self produced debut album, Asylum Denied, and opened for multiple international acts, including Sonata Arctica and Dark Tranquility. In 2014 Fabio D'Amore (Serenity) and his partner Ivan Moni Bidin (Starsick System, Pathosray, Last Warning) announced their positions as producers on Insatia's upcoming sophomore release, Phoenix Aflame. Joined by producer Staffan Karlsson, known for his work with Arch Enemy, Firewind, Roxette, and many other notable acts, Fabio and Ivan spent the first part of 2015 recording the album at St. Cecilia Studios in Tucson, Arizona, USA, with engineers Steven Lee Tracy and Robbie Williamson. The album's production then went to Artesonika Studios, Fabio and Ivan's home base, in Perdenone Italy. In mid 2015 Insatia's lineup was further enhanced by the addition of Dave Ablaze (Blackguard) on bass, as album production continued overseas. Kaelen Sarakinis and Daniel Millan were added on guitars and drums in 2016. Phoenix Aflame is set for release on June 23rd 2017 via Pitch Black Records, and features Apollo Papathanesio (ex-Firewind, Spiritual Beggers), Chris Amott (ex-Arch Enemy, Armageddon), Christian Hermsdörfer (ex-Visions Of Atlantis, Serenity, Beyond The Black), and Erica James (The Erica James Band).

Fabio D'Amore and Christian Hermsdörfer appear courtesy of Napalm Records. Ivan Moni Bidin appears courtesy of Bakerteam records. Apollo Papathanesio appears courtesy of InsideOut Music. Chris Amott appears courtesy of Century Media.

Band Members:

Zoë Federoff- Vocals 
Dave Ablaze- Bass
Kaelen Sarakinis- Guitars 
Daniel Millan- Drums

Listen to Insatia

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N. A. Foy: How old were you when you decided to pursue a career in music, and were there any particular musicians or singers that inspired you?

Zoe: I was singing before I could properly talk according to my family, and I grew up with two parents who sang around me quite often. As I got older I was invited to sing the National Anthem at various sport/county/military events, but I still didn't think of it as a future career. I was listening to bands like Nightwish and Within Temptation all throughout my teen years, but I never thought I would actually be singing as an adult. In fact, when I went to university, it was to study mathematics and Japanese. While I was there I joined choir and did voice studio, so some very kind music professors encouraged me to pursue my real passions. I think the musicians who have had a huge impact on me include my father, Matthew, my former voice coach Floor Jansen, Simone Simons, Sharon Den Adel, Amanda Somerville, and probably about a million others. The list is endless.

N. A. Foy: How would you describe the sound on your new album "Phoenix Aflame?"

Zoe: For Phoenix Aflame we went with a much more traditional power metal sound than with our previous release Asylum Denied. We incorporated some symphonic and folk elements as well, and focused mostly on the melodic structure.

N. A. Foy: What was the recording process like for the video for "Memory of a Sapphire?"

Zoe: We had so much fun for that video shoot, the production team was so pleasant to be around, the shoot went very smoothly, and we all really enjoyed ourselves. Happy memory of a video shoot. 🙂

N. A. Foy: If you had only a few minutes in an elevator to describe your band, what would you say?

Zoe: I front a fruity power metal band. Haha, jk. I would say we play melodic metal music with some symphonic elements and clean female vocals.

N. A. Foy: What are some things you like to do for enjoyment when you are not doing music?

Zoe: For me personally, I love being mom. Nothing is more fun and random than having a 4-year-old. I also love traveling - especially to Montreal to hang with Dave and the guys, or LA to see the beautiful beaches in Santa Monica. Beyond that I read, draw, write, cook, and go running. I feel like my life has plenty of balance right now.

N. A. Foy: If you were stuck on an island and somehow were able to listen to music, what 3 CDs would you want with you?

Zoe: Oh wow. Only 3? Okay, “The Black Halo” by Kamelot, “Once” by Nightwish, and “Design Your Universe” by Epica.

N. A. Foy: Great choices. Out of the lyrics you perform so far, is there a particular one that you like best? Is there a story behind it?

Zoe: I’m usually very private about the specific stories behind my lyrics - I prefer other people to apply their own stories to them. I may talk about the general idea behind a song, but I really would prefer that the listener interpret them in a personal way.

N. A. Foy: That's a cool way to think about it. How about some favorites. What is your favorite color? Number? Foods? Movie(s)? Book(s)? Or any other favorites you want to mention?

Zoe: My favorite colors are blue and silver. [🙂] My favorite number is 419. My favorite food is sushi or tamales, for sure. Favorite movie is “A Beautiful Mind,” and favorite book is “Kristin Lavransdatter” by Sigrid Undset, although Tolkien is a close second.

N. A. Foy: What is the message that you want to give your fans as an example as a person? Is there anything else you’d like to add before we finish?

Zoe: Whenever I get asked this, I always close it with what my boyfriend calls my "Star farts" speech, haha. It sounds cliche and stolen from Tumblr, but as much as the culture may water this message down, it remains true and the only way for the world to progress positively. You are worthy of love, in and of yourself, and when you accept love, you will be able to give it more fully. And metal = love, so stay metal.